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Clay Township sewer-overflow project halted

August 1, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District on Wednesday withdrew its offer to buy part of a church's land and build a million-gallon sewage-overflow tank near 106th Street and Keystone Parkway.
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Top deputy to head local U.S. attorney's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The top deputy for the federal prosecutor's office for central and southern Indiana is taking over following the resignation of U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
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U.S. manufacturing expands for 14th straight month

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to its highest level since April 2011.
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U.S. employers add 209K jobs; rate rises to 6.2 percent

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
July marked the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery.
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Domestic auto sales sizzled in July, helped by discounts

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all reported big gains as the major automakers reported July sales Friday.
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Construction spending suffers worst drop in 3 years

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Construction spending dropped 1.8 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising by a revised 0.8 percent in May, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
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Love Culture's plans approved over Simon's objection

August 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
Love Culture Inc., the bankrupt clothing chain, won court permission to hold expedited store-closing sales, over the objection of unsecured creditors, including Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc.
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Green BEAN Delivery plans $3.8M expansion

August 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The fast-growing local company, which already employs more than 200, plans to add up to 105 workers by 2024.
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Two promoted in state attorney general's office

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General Gary Secrest will take over as assistant attorney general, a new post. Deputy Attorney General Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the chief deputy attorney general.
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Acquisition costs contribute to Kite quarterly loss

July 31, 2014
The company's loss of $5.1 million in the second quarter was mostly due to costs from its $1.2 billion acquisition of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust early this month, the Indianapolis-based company said.
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Stock market plunges as multiple worries vex investors

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
The stock market fell in early trading after a dose of bad earnings news, and the losses accelerated throughout the day. The three major indexes suffered their biggest losses in months.
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WRTV Channel 6 parent grows in major media merger

July 31, 2014
Journal Communications Inc. and E.W. Scripps Co. have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.
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Grand Park helps Hamilton County hotels run up score

July 31, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hotel business is booming in Hamilton County, with mid-year occupancy up 9 percent from the first half of 2013. Open since March, Westfield's massive Grand Park Sports Campus has thrown its weight behind the surge.
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As U.S. job market strengthens, many don't feel it

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
The economic recovery is entering its sixth year, but a number of factors help explain why many Americans don't feel better off.
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Head of Indiana alcohol agency taking Ivy Tech job

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.
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State highway official leaving before review done

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Department of Transportation chief of staff Troy Woodruff, who is under state investigation, sent an email to agency employees on Wednesday saying that he would step down Thursday.
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HHGregg shares slide on disappointing quarterly results

July 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
HHGregg Inc. lost more money than expected in its latest quarter as sales slumped dramatically, the Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer reported Thursday morning.
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Pence pushes Medicaid alternative with HHS chief

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell that he wants to maintain Indiana's "freedom and flexibility" under any expansion of Medicaid.
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Indiana education split plays out in No Child request

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
A new critique of Indiana's efforts to maintain its exemptions from the No Child Left Behind requirements, written by top staff to Gov. Mike Pence, is widening a rift between state education leaders as federal officials near a decision on the waiver.
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Duke Realty reports strong quarterly results

July 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Duke Realty Corp. saw a surge in revenue, profit and funds from operations in the second quarter compared with a year ago, the Indianapolis-based real estate developer said late Wednesday afternoon.
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Fed offers no clearer hint on first rate increase

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve is further slowing the pace of its bond purchases because it thinks an improving U.S. economy needs less help. But it's offering no clearer hint of when it will start raising its benchmark short-term interest rate.
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Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.
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Venue change granted for Indy house blast suspect

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Judge Sheila Carlisle granted the request for Mark Leonard on Wednesday after prosecutors withdrew their objection to the change-of-venue request.
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Revised data: Economy grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.
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Speedway officials seek new ways to attract fans

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher as organizers increasingly compete against other sports and children's events while trying to get fan dollars in a still-tough economy.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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